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1    often foll by: with   to distinguish or be distinguished by comparison of unlike or opposite qualities  
2    distinction or emphasis of difference by comparison of opposite or dissimilar things, qualities, etc. (esp. in the phrases by contrast, in contrast to or with)  
3    a person or thing showing notable differences when compared with another  
4    (in painting) the effect of the juxtaposition of different colours, tones, etc.  
a    (of a photographic emulsion) the degree of density measured against exposure used  
b    the extent to which adjacent areas of an optical image, esp. on a television screen or in a photographic negative or print, differ in brightness  
6      (Psychol)   the phenomenon that when two different but related stimuli are presented close together in space and/or time they are perceived as being more different than they really are  
     (C16: (n): via French from Italian, from contrastare (vb), from Latin contra- against + stare to stand)  
  contrastable      adj  
  contrastably      adv  
  contrasting      adj  
   contrastive             adj  
  contrastively      adv  
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